Dave Pelunis-Messier: Energy in Alaska, A Rural Perspective

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Presentation on energy challenges in remote communities by Dave Pelunis-Messier, Energy Department Manager, Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, in Toronto April 18 as part of JPAC's public forum on North America's Energy Future. Find out more: http://www.cec.org/energy2012

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Dave Pelunis-Messier: Energy in Alaska, A Rural Perspective

  1. 1. Energy in Alaska, a Rural PerspectiveCommission for Environmental Cooperation of North AmericaApril 19, 2012Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed CouncilEnergy Department
  2. 2. Established in1997 Treaty Based 70 Tribes andFirst NationsAlmost Every dotIs a “micro-grid"
  3. 3.  #1 Heat Energy – Fairbanks has 14,000 annual Heating Degree Days Any guesses as to how many heating degree days in Toronto?
  4. 4.  #2 Electricity ◦ Avg Price in Anchorage: .09/kW ◦ Avg Price in Pedro Bay: .91/kWh #3 Transportation – Subsistence? #4 Human Nature, Perverse Incentive
  5. 5. Directive – Clean WaterNeeds Clean Energy Efficiency First Small Scale RE Projects RE and Energy Efficiency Trainings, Education and Capacity Building
  6. 6.  Nunamiut Corp DOE Tribal Energy Project How much is this timer worth Analyze options Waste Oil – Heat Efficient Lighting Timers/Occupancy Sensors <- Biggest Energy Draw?
  7. 7.  New Construction Vs. Old construction  Nenana School District Dormitory Properly Evaluate your home energy use – WHERE does it go!? Windows, Air Leaks, no insulation
  8. 8.  What’s the difference? Heat Lamp Flood Lamp LED
  9. 9.  What’s the difference? Classic Model Newer Model
  10. 10.  Solar Thermal, Solar PV, Heating upgrade Nenana Youth Rec Center
  11. 11. # of Panels: 20Panel Type: Trinna 220wattTotal Array Size: 4.4 kWEnergy Produced: 5,100 kWh/yrCost of Electricity in Nenana: $.20/kWhEnergy Value per year: $1020Cost of equipment and supplies: $15,000Simple Payback: $15k/$1020 = 14.7yrs
  12. 12. # of bulbs: 132Tube bulbType: 15 watt LED tubesTotal Time for Change-out: 12 person-hoursEnergy SAVED: 12,000 kWh/yrCost of Electricity in AKP: $.35/kWhEnergy Value per year: $4200Cost of equipment and supplies: $6,600Simple Payback: $6600/$4200 = 1.6yrsLifetime Energy Saved (bulbs 50k hrs): $40k-50k
  13. 13.  Free Heat during the summerHow much do we pay to heat water during the summer?
  14. 14.  SkyStream 3.7 Wind Turbines Class 6 Wind6.7 m/sAvgwindspeed
  15. 15.  600 kWh/month Energy in Hooper Bay$.514/kWh Turbine Cost $20k Yearly Energy Value 600kWh X 12 mo = 7,200 kWh 7,200 kWh x $.514/kWh = $3,700 PAYBACK: $20,000 / $3,700 = 5.4 yrs
  16. 16.  Every 1$ spent on Energy Efficiency is worth $5 spent on Renewable Energy ProjectsSomebody should dosomething about that…

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